962 How to Understand Human Nature
1 When it comes to knowing the nature of humans, the most important thing is to know it from the perspective of their world view, views of life, and values. Those who are of the devil all live for themselves. Their views of life and maxims mainly come from Satan’s sayings, such as, “Everyone for himself, and the devil take the hindmost.” The words spoken by those king devils, great ones, and philosophers of the earth have become their life. In particular, most of the words of Confucius, who is touted by Chinese people to be a sage, have become people’s life. There are also the famous proverbs of Buddhism and Taoism, and the oft-quoted classic sayings of various famous figures; these are all outlines of Satan’s philosophy and Satan’s nature. They are also the best illustrations and explanations of Satan’s nature.
2 These poisons that have been infused into the human heart all come from Satan; not the least bit of them comes from God. Such lies and nonsense are also in direct opposition to God’s word. It is absolutely clear that the realities of all positive things come from God, and all those negative things that poison humans come from Satan. Therefore, you can discern a person’s nature and to whom he belongs from his views of life and values. Mankind has been profoundly corrupted by Satan. Satan’s venom flows through the blood of every person, and it can be seen that human nature is corrupt, evil, and reactionary, filled by and immersed in the philosophies of Satan—it is, in its entirety, a nature that betrays God. This is why people resist God and stand in opposition to God.
Adapted from “How to Know Man’s Nature” in Records of Christ’s Talks